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The European, Melbourne, AU-VIC

The European

4.6
4.6
1204 Reviews
$41 to $100
European
Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and taking bookings for the European restaurant Tuesday-Sunday. If you can't find a booking online, please contact the restaurant directly. On Mondays we welcome all guests on a walk in basis. Our extensive outdoor area welcomes guests on a walk in basis so feel free to drop by. We are always happy to see you. Located near the iconic Parliament and Princess Theatre, we offer classic bistro fare with substance and character to complement our extensive collection of Champagne and wines available to enjoy with your meal. We take the best seasonal produce available, cooking simple classic food for lunch and dinner, and everything in between. Drawing on our own in house butcher and farmhouse cheeses matured by our friends at Spring Street Cheese Cellar there is always something new to try on the menu. City Wine Shop and the European offers a welcoming ambiance and warm, generous hospitality - a beacon of Melbourne dining at its best.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 26 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    European, Contemporary European, Mediterranean
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9654 6657
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Peter Sheldon
  • Private party facilities
    Our award winning menu designed by our amazing team of chefs, accommodates serious boardroom dinners, as well as beautiful long family lunches. An extensive wine list and welcoming, savvy staff make hosting an event with us effortless.
  • Private party contact
    Jess and Amy: (03) 9654 0811
  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Cross Street
    Bourke Street
  • Parking Details
    Limited metered street parking along Spring Street and Lonsdale Street
  • Public Transit
    35, 86, 96 Tram - Parliament Stations
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

What 1,204 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • City Centre

    Best Food

  • City Centre

    Great for fine wines

1,204 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent ambience and superb surroundings Food top quality delivered with style from caring staff

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  2. KateB

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous and fast lunch before the theatre! The food was delish. Bubbles yum and service really friendly and efficient!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect experience for a Friday night! Great value and even better meal. Would highly recommend.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Adelaide

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Peter was wonderful, made us feel incredibly looked after and created a memorable night for us. We look forward to coming back and seeing him again!

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  5. Andy

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A melbourne classic that always delivers! Brilliant night.

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  6. Alex

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    If you book City Wine Shop, you will be seated in the European. Very different atmosphere and uncomfortable interaction with staff about not eating food while sitting in the European (having booked for City Wine Shop). Recommendation: just go, don't book if you want City Wine Shop

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  7. ChristineH

    Victoria

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food . Service was also excellent Wine serving got a bit confused but all fine in the end

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure to dine and drink at The European.

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  9. SR1946M

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious food, prompt service. Perhaps a little noisy - a table nearby with people with loud voices!

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  10. ConnorK

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was incredible, especially loved the beef tartare and the gnocchi. Awesome selection of wines and the service was perfect, always kept our glasses topped up

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  11. JenS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a 1.30pm lunch booking with friends and loved it so much we didn’t leave until 10pm!!!! The relaxed atmosphere, excellent staff, and awesome food and wine list are a standout for us, every time we come to Melbourne it’s our hands down favourite place! We’d eat at the European every day if we could!

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  12. Jane

    Victoria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Slow service. Food was great. Have always loved this place but will again about coming back.

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  13. KarenW

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious lunch with a girlfriend for my birthday! Directed to a quieter table so we could chat without a lot of people around us. Suggested wine was a Beaujolis which we both decided to have which was very good!

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  14. MattP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The European is a Melbourne institution. Awesome environment, matched with good food and service. Being able to walk upstairs to The Supper Club/Siglo is also unbeatable

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  15. Monika

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Family gathering and everyone enjoyed a lovely night out with great food and excellent service. Loved the wine that was recommended. Thank you. Will definitely come back! ❤️

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  16. PeterR

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went there first our 40th anniversary and were looked after so well Lovely cozy atmosphere, front window seat looking out to Spring St, white tablecloth, candle, - just great atmosphere and ambience The staff looked after us exceptionally- very attentive and helpful without being intrusive The food was magnificent, and we sampled three of the specials, all with great flavour and beautifully presented, as well as three more of the amazing choices from the regular menu Timing for courses was great- not too rushed or too far apart The wines were lovely with a great selection of local and international varieties Dessert did not disappoint It’s been one of our favourite restaurants for many years and we will certainly be going back again

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  17. HelenR

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just delicious. Our UK friends last meal before heading back to London. Best schnitzels ever they told Jay. Won’t be able to eat it anywhere else. What more can I say!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, ambience, wine and friendly staff. Will definitely come back.

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  19. LauraC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Female toilet is not impressive. Hope the restaurant can improve it.

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  20. SherylG

    Perth

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant as usual; The European, brilliant as usual, so Melbourne

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I love the venue and food as always but it was extremely difficult to modify my booking which could not be done directly through the Open Table app. Whilst asked to contact the venue directly, nobody answered my numerous calls nor could I leave a voice message. This provided a less enjoyable experience overall .

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  22. KayC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    this place strikes the perfect balance between formality and fun. food is amazing. wine list is amazing.

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  23. Roxla

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I like the restaurant because of the ambiance and the the venue is quiet for a pleasant relaxing meeting and conversation.

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  24. AlexLaw

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent vibe and service. Great local oyster. Had chicken schnitzel, fish and streaks. They are all excellent

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great as usual good service and a wonderful wine list

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  26. LindaS

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was flavoursome and beautifully cooked to perfection. The bathroom area is looking a little shabby and it would have been nice to know the price of the specials on offer.

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  27. Shazam100

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The European never disappoints, they have the balance right and perfect for a true Melbournian experience.

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  28. SusieR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Adore coming here. The staff are delightful and the food delicious. Will be back!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spot on ambience, very friendly customer service, excellent wine, and delicious food.

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  30. Doug

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Haven't been since before COVID. As good as I remember it. Service was wonderful, food reliable, wine fabulous and ambience (outside watching Melbourne go by) just great

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  31. KAZUHISAK

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    赤身の牛肉のステーキが、炭火焼きの香りがしてとても美味しい。日本では味わえない。地元の人向けの安いレストランで、スタッフもフレンドリー。暗い明かりの雰囲気も気に入った。

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  32. BRIGITTE

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time here in the past few months. So good. Atmosphere, service, food - all outstanding.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Spaghetti Marinara always a highlight

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Have been dining at the European for many years and have loved it, but the last two times have been disappointing. Service was slow, beverages took 20mins to arrive. We ordered bread but did not come. The marinara was very over salted, pippies over cooked, prawns glassy, only one piece of fish (1 cm) in the pasta! King George whiting was a very small fish possibly undersized and the mash underneath was lukewarm. Waiter could have suggested sides as well because the whiting came with nothing else…

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  35. DeanE

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Have not been for awhile, it was a friends birthday and so gave it another go. Food is excellent - a little pricey for what it is. Staff just did their job and gave service, would not say overly friendly, but it was efficient. Has great coffee !

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  36. HeatherK

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful night for my husband’s birthday. We had appetisers & mains but no desserts. Our table for 6 at the rear with part banquette seats was the best in the house. The pate & saganaki & blinis were delicious starters. My blue eye was excellent as was the whole pan -fried fish. But the aged steak for two with pomme frittes served medium rare at $125 was quite disappointing. It was very chewy & had no sauce of any kind. I’d skip this. But it was the only blip on what was otherwise a fabulous night. On a previous visit, the chicken schnitzel with coleslaw was juicy & very tasty. The wine list is exemplary.

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  37. DanM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When in Melbourne try The European for fine food and excellent wine.

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  38. SusieP

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My friend and I decided to have an entree each and share a pasta plate. We just loved our waiter who was so professional and really knew his wines. Such a refreshing change.

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  39. ThomasM

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Attentive service and excellent food in a relaxed atmosphere, Very European!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    As always great food and wine on choice! All the usual crew who serve us were great

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FAQs

The European is rated 4.6 stars by 1204 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 26 times today
Google Map for The European

159 Spring St, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Bourke Street
  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    European, Contemporary European, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Limited metered street parking along Spring Street and Lonsdale Street
  • Public Transit
    35, 86, 96 Tram - Parliament Stations
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Peter Sheldon
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
  • Phone number
    (03) 9654 6657
  • Private party facilities
    Our award winning menu designed by our amazing team of chefs, accommodates serious boardroom dinners, as well as beautiful long family lunches. An extensive wine list and welcoming, savvy staff make hosting an event with us effortless.
  • Private party contact
    Jess and Amy: (03) 9654 0811
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